Tag:Ryan Zimmerman
Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:51 am
 

MLB Facts & Rumors National League MVP

The major baseball awards will be announced next week, and the staff at MLB Facts and Rumors is making our choices this week. Today, David, Evan and Trent name their National League Most Valuable Player selections. As with the BBWAA awards, a first-place vote is worth 14 points, second place nine, third place eight and so forth, with 10th place getting one point.

Albert Pujols has won three MVPs, including the last two. Pujols led the league in home runs (42) and RBI (118) and picked up both he Silver Slugger and Gold Glove at first base, but he certainly has a challenger at the same position in his very own division in Cincinnati's Joey Votto, who led the league in on-base percentage (.424) and slugging (.600) (and therefore, OPS as well). He also led his team to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

There's also Carlos Gonzalez, who like Pujols and Votto, flirted with the Triple Crown, and ended up winning the batting title with a .336 average.

So, how did the Facts & Rumors team see the NL MVP race? Well, here you go.

NATIONAL LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Joey Votto David Andriesen
1. Joey Votto, Reds
2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
3. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
4. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
5. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
6. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
7. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
8. Aubrey Huff, Giants
9. Ryan Braun, Brewers
10. Dan Uggla, Marlins

How crazy is it that Albert Pujols can lead the league in home runs and RBI, put up an OPS of 1.011, and be seen as having an “off” year? That’s how high the bar is for that guy. I’ll have no problem with it if he wins his third consecutive MVP, I just think Votto was a hair better. The guy led the league in on-base percentage AND slugging percentage. And you can’t say his number are a product of the hitter-friendly ballpark in Cincinnati, because he hit 52 points better on the road than at home.

Evan Brunell
1. Joey Votto, Reds
2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
3. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
4. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
5. Brian McCann, Braves
6. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
7. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
8. Dan Uggla, Marlins
9. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
10. Andres Torres, Giants

Votto was transcendent, cracking the .400 OBP and .600 slugging percentage barrier and somehow outperforming Albert Pujols in virtually every category. The aborted chase for the Triple Crown was also fun while it lasted.

C. Trent Rosecrans
I voted for the NL MVP and the BBWAA asks voters not to release their ballots before the voting is announced, so I won't reveal my ballot yet. I will, however, post it and some of my thinking on Nov. 22 after the award is announced.

MLB Facts and Rumors National League Most Valuable Player
And Joey Votto wins his first MVP, while Pujols is second, followed by another first baseman, San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez. In this poll (of two), Carlos Gonzalez finishes fifth, after teammate Troy Tulowitzki. The real results come out Nov. 22, but expect Votto to top Pujols again.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 9:34 am
Edited on: November 11, 2010 10:22 am
 

Door not closed on Dunn in D.C.

Adam Dunn There's been plenty of talk about the Nationals moving on from first baseman Adam Dunn, but general manager Mike Rizzo said on Wednesday that the team hasn't decided against bringing back done.

"That's a question that's asked a lot, will Adam Dunn be in the uniform in 2011," Rizzo told the Washington Post 's Dan Steinberg . "We're certainly working toward that end. We've got a lot of irons in the fire, though. There's a lot of questions and a lot of decisions to be made before opening day next year."

Ryan Zimmerman certainly made his feelings about done known.

"If you want a middle-of-the-lineup guy that you know is gonna play every single day and you know is gonna be there, you go with Adam," Zimmerman said. "There's really no other first baseman on the market that really compares with him, I don't think. He's a very good player, and if we can't get him back here, it's gonna be a big blow to our team."

Zimmerman told NatsInsider.com's Mark Zuckerman that he's talked to Dunn nearly every day since the season ended.

"He wants to be here," Zimmerman said. "He's a little upset that stuff didn't get done. But that was not the team's fault."

As for the Nationals' chase of Cliff Lee, the Nationals have contacts his agent, Rizzo told MLB Network/Sirius XM Radio.

"I'd be a fool if I didn't like Cliff Lee or want Cliff Lee on our club. He's the prize pitching guy in this year's free agent market," Rizzo said. "But again, I'm certainly not going to delude myself to the fact that we have a great chance of landing Cliff Lee. … I think the chances of Cliff wanting to come to the Washington Nationals at this time in our franchise is small."

You've got to give Rizzo some points for being realistic. The Nationals have very little chance of Lee choosing to play for them, but if they've got the money to offer, they've got to take that chance.

"If you're asking me if I want Cliff Lee on my team, then yeah, 100 percent," Zimmerman said. "He can take some of my salary if he wants."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 3:23 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:27 pm
 

Looks like Nats 3B Zimmerman is done

Ryan Zimmerman
Ryan Zimmerman's strong season for the Nationals looks like it will end prematurely.

The third baseman was out of the lineup for the fourth time with a rib strain, and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post is hearing that he'll miss the team's final six games as well. The injury isn't considered serious, but it's painful and only rest will fix a muscle strain.

Zimmerman has had his strongest full season, finishing with a .307/.388/.510 line and an OPS+ of 141. His WAR (wins above replacement) value of 7.3 is second in the National League according to the fangraphs.com definition (5.2, sixth in the baseball-reference.com version).

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 23, 2010 3:53 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 6:27 pm
 

Zimmerman scratched with intercostal strain

Ryan Zimmerman Ryan Zimmerman has been scratched from Thursday's lineup with an intercostal strain, reports CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman.

While Zimmerman is day-to-day with the injury, this could end his season, as intercostal (muscles between the ribs) strains can take weeks to go away. If true, Zim will finish with a .307/.388/.510 mark in 603 plate appearances. Along with spectacular defense, he should rank high in MVP balloting despite playing for a last-place team.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 2, 2010 12:50 pm
 

Marlins say they're done with Morgan

As far as the Marlins are concerned, their war with the Washington Nationals is finished.

The two teams will meet once more this season, Sept. 10-12 at Nationals Park -- and it's highly unlikely Nyjer Morgan will be around for that meeting.

Said Marlins third baseman Wes Helms to MLB.com : "I know it's over for me. I hope it is for these other guys."

It seems nobody is too upset about the first time Morgan was hit in Wednesday's game -- not even Morgan himself.

What seems to be in debate is whether Morgan's two stolen bases after being hit in the fourth inning crossed the line. Most of the former players serving as commentators on MLB Network and ESPN all seemed to agree Morgan's two stolen bases escalated the disagreement.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman told reporters (via NatsInsider.com ) that he didn't see much of a problem.

"The Florida Marlins will not decide when we run. We will decide when we run," Riggleman said. "He felt that's the way I'm going to get my payback. Sometimes some guys get it in the form of going in hard at somebody at second base on a double play. I've seen that many times. But Nyjer took his revenge in the form of a stolen base. And I don't have any problem with it."

It seems that if you put a guy on base for free, you shouldn't complain about what he does when he gets there. The Marlins, apparently did.

Oddly enough, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez wouldn't admit to the fact Chris Volstad was throwing at Morgan in the sixth inning, even though it was obvious to everyone -- and even justified by some.

"Everything was resolved. We were trying to pitch inside," Rodriguez said. "We were still trying to pitch inside the third time he was up. He was playing his game, we were playing our games, let's put it that way."

Yeah, like trying to hit him.

Morgan then went after Volstad and there were actual punches thrown and one player (Volsted) left with blood on his jersey -- much different than most baseball brawl hug-fests.

Nyjer Morgan Morgan's had one heck of a bad week or so. Quick roundup: he was suspended for throwing a ball in the stands (even though he was defended by a Philadelphia fan ), moved down in the lineup from leadoff to eighth, ran over Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson, called out by his manager for the action, benched the next day, called out his manager for not having his back, ran over a Marlins catcher in a play that would have won the game had he slid instead of trying to bowl over the catcher, a YouTube video of him cussing out a Marlins fan showed up Wednesday, and then, you know, the whole fracas.

He also didn't help himself for the way he left the field -- taunting the fans like a hockey goon as he left the field. That's understood in hockey (Morgan played juniors hockey), but looked down upon in baseball.

What's interesting is that Morgan was brought to D.C. in a trade with alleged "bad apple" Lastings Milledge.

"People are going to have their own opinions," Morgan said after Wednesday's game (again, from NatsInsider.com ). "I know what kind of player I am. I'm going out there balls out. I'm not going to go out there and take anything for granted. I'm going to show that I'm a hard-nosed ballplayer, and that's the way it is."

Morgan's teammates had his back on the field; in the clubhouse, it was a little more subdued.

"He's definitely done some things over the past couple of weeks that are a little questionable, I think," Washington's Ryan Zimmerman said. "We've all talked. Me and [Ivan Rodriguez] have talked to him. … He obviously has to learn a little more about the game. But you can't take away from how hard he plays. That's what he does every day. It's not like he's changed over the last week or two. That's the attitude, the way he's played ever since he's been here. That's who he is."

He'll also be suspended for a good while in the next day or so. You'd think his recent actions won't play well in his appeal, either.

One thing's for sure, people now know Morgan for more than just his awesome stirrups. Although, stylish hosiery may be a better claim to fame than hot-head problem child.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:27 am
 

Zimmerman not happy with Harper, either


Ryan Zimmerman The only knock against first overall pick Bryce Harper was his attitude -- and it seems to have already rubbed his future teammates the wrong way.

Although the Nationals have been in this signing waiting game before -- Stephen Strasburg went down to the last minute last year and Aaron Crow didn't sign at all the year before -- but this one is different, said the Nationals' best player.

Ryan Zimmerman had this rant to the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore without even using Harper's name.
"Stephen was on a very different level from this guy," Zimmerman said. "I mean, this guy has done well at a junior college. Obviously, he's very talented. But I think Stephen, there was a lot more to him. Obviously, it would be good for us to sign him. I think the people are very smart. They understand talent, recognize talent. I don't know what he's asking for or what the numbers are, but Stephen was a completely different story than anyone else. I hope he signs and we get him. He has a chance to be a very good player.

"Stephen, we knew as soon as we drafted him he was going to be ready to come here and pitch. Very rarely do you see 20 year-old kids come up. So he's three years away. It's always different with pitchers and position players as well."

"It's just the business," Zimmerman said. "It doesn't mean he's a bad kid. I've heard all the stuff about his this and that. I'm open to meeting him. You don't get that kind of hype if you're not legit or somewhat legit, at least. I mean, it'll be interesting to see what he's doing."
While Strasburg is pulling a "do-as-he-says, not-as he does" criticizing Harper , while he went to the last minute to sign his contract. Zimmerman, on the other hand, signed very soon after he was drafted fourth overall in the 2005 draft and was called up later that year.

At the time, Zimmerman said , "I didn't want to be one of those guys that sits out the whole summer. I don't know how I could deal without a summer of baseball."

It's unlikely Harper doesn't sign, but it's just as unlikely that it doesn't come down to the wire.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 10:41 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:34 am
 

Zimmerman doesn't want Nats broken up


Ryan Zimmerman The Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman knows the team isn't headed to the postseason in 2010, but he's hopeful the team doesn't look too far into the future and keep some of the pieces the team does have right now -- especially Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham.

Zimmerman is under contract through 2013, so it's understandable he'd like the others to stay. However, Dunn and Willingham are free agents after the season, so even not trading them will guarantee they stay in DC.

"We're so close," Zimmerman told the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore . "I mean, they know. Mike [Rizzo] and Stan [Katsen] are smart. They're one of the biggest reasons we're so much better this year. They drafted well. They traded well. They know what we need to do to win. I don't think either of them want to get rid of either of those guys. They understand what we have, and they're proud of the team we have."

The Nationals are 39-50 and hoping to avoid 100 losses for the third season in a row.

Both Willingham and Dunn have expressed a desire to stay with the Nationals, but Dunn may be wavering because of the Nationals' lack of communication on an extension.

Dunn is also the team's best trading piece, but there's no immediate replacement for Dunn's power production in the system.

The team's other trading piece is closer Matt Capps, signed to a one-year deal. Capps has 23 saves and in a market short on relievers, he could bring in more than his future worth, especially with Drew Storen ready to take over the closer's role and Tyler Clippard with cloer's stuff, as well.

Zimmerman, though, said he'd like to keep the team together and pal the rest of the season at full strength in order to stay below 100 losses and maybe entice free agents to come to Washington.

"I think this year is the first year where we can kind of see over the hump," Zimmerman said. "Next year -- I hate talking about next year already -- but next year we have a possibility to do a lot of damage."

The Nationals are clearly a team on the rise, but Dunn is 30 and may be looking to play for a winning team for once, in his 10 seasons, the only winning team he's played for is the 2008 Diamondbacks, a team that finished 82-80. Dunn joined the team in a trade after the deadline and failed to make the playoffs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: July 8, 2010 10:03 am
 

Final Vote coming down to final hours

Kevin Youkilis Oh, the suspense!

In another Yankee-Red Sox battle we're being hit over the head with, Nick Swisher holds "the slimmest of leads" over Kevin Youkilis in the American League Final Vote for the All-Star Game, despite nobody making a convincing case for Swisher other than his uniform, based on the latest results released by MLB.com.

In what can only be a desperate attempt by Major League Baseball's website to generate page views (since all voting takes place on the site), MLB.com has seen fit to release a breathless update to the (unlimited) voting that ends today at 4 p.m.

The winner of the final spots will be announced on MLB Network (yay synergy!) at 6 p.m.

Joey Votto still leads the National League voting (funny what leading the league in homers and OPS will do for you), but, the site warns -- without giving any numbers -- Carlos Gonzalez has passed Billy Wagner for third place in the voting. Ryan Zimmerman is still in second. Heath Bell was removed from the ballot when he was placed on the team as a replacement for Yovani Gallardo.

In the American League, it's all Yankees-Red Sox all the time. The release says it's a "virtual tie" between Youkilis (.292/.409/.574 with 17 home runs, 55 RBI) and Swisher (.298/.376/.518 14 HR, 48 RBI, one appearance on "How I Met Your Mother " --  CBS can play the synergy game too!), but not a real tie, because that would mean they're tied, as opposed to a "virtual tie" which goes back to the ol' tie goes to the Yankee rule.

Paul Konerko is in third place in the AL voting, followed by Michael Young and Delmon Young.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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